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Daily News Summary
26 September 2019

image Independent schools chief challenges "truly toxic" portrayal of the sector
image 'It is time to stop playing politics with children's lives'
image More than a quarter of secondary pupils have 'received private tuition'
image Figures reveal disparity in English GCSE marks from one exam board to another
image Top universities remain 'undecided' on T-levels
image Education secretary calls on universities to cut drop out rates and widen access

Independent schools chief challenges "truly toxic" portrayal of the sector

 

Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), has given a speech today at his organisation's conference speaking out against the "truly toxic" portrayal of the independent sector. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

The Times also references Christopher King's speech. It reports a number of preparatory schools are expected to adopt a "nurturing focus" on kindness and mental health support in an effort to attract more pupils. By Nicola Woolcock. The article references Beacon School and Clifton School.

'It is time to stop playing politics with children's lives'

 

Writing in Tes, David James, deputy head (academic) of Bryanston School, argues proponents of the Labour motion to abolish independent schools should 'consider how it would impact children and young people'.

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Tes

More than a quarter of secondary pupils have 'received private tuition'

 

According to research published by the Sutton Trust, 27 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds have received private tuition, and 24 per cent of secondary school teachers have taken on private tuition in the last two years. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Figures reveal disparity in English GCSE marks from one exam board to another

 

New figures show 6.38 per cent of OCR's English language exams this year were awarded a grade 9 compared to just 2.1 per cent for AQA, prompting calls for the exams watchdog to launch an investigation. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Top universities remain 'undecided' on T-levels

 

According to Tes, 16 Russell Group universities have not yet decided if they will accept T-levels as entry qualifications for undergraduate courses. By Kate Parker.

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Tes

Education secretary calls on universities to cut drop out rates and widen access

 

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, has written to Universities UK calling for action after new data revealed disadvantaged students are less likely to go to university and more likely to drop out if they do. By Will Hazell, iNews.

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iNews

 

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